Monday, July 16, 2012

Let's try this again

Our last attempt at a beach vacation was a complete bust.  It literally rained poured the entire time Jeff and I were in Gulf Shores last month.  So when my mom invited us to come stay with her in the condo she rented this past weekend, we made a last minute decision to drive back to Gulf Shores for another chance at some sun.

Jeff and I were both in a rush to get out of work Friday and get on the road.  And that's when Jeff realized he had lost his wedding band.  Awesome.  I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened with him taking it on and off all day during surgeries.  That's why I bought him a cheapo ring.  But still, I couldn't help being a little irritated.  After driving downtown to search a classroom he had been in, and making frantic phone calls to housekeeping staff at the Baton Rouge hospital he had operated in earlier that day, a cleaning lady actually found his ring!  In a scrub pants pocket in a huge laundry bin full of dirty scrubs.  We will be writing this woman a very nice thank you note.  So an hour behind schedule, we were finally on our way to the beach!

And get sun we did.  The weather on Saturday was ok, but Sunday was perfect and we soaked up as many rays as possible.  I have proof of a successful beach vacay in the form of an uneven sunburn covering approximately 75% of my body.

One thing we have learned about Gulf Shores is that the eating situation is terrible.  Not only do the majority of restaurants down there serve downright bad food, but you have to wait a guaranteed hour and a half to get into most places at dinner time.  Anyone looking for a surefire business opportunity?  Open a restaurant in Gulf Shores.

Luckily, there's a little beach shack called Sea & Suds within walking distance of where we always stay that serves the best fish or shrimp sandwiches for only $5-6.  (They also serve a pretty mean pina colada).  We had lunch there both days.

At Sea & Suds

Jeff's parents, brother Joe, and grandma also made a last minute trip to Gulf Shores that same weekend, so we were happy to get to spend some quality time with them:

Jeff's parents

Joe, Grandma, and Jeff

And my cousin Addie made the trip as well:

Mom and Addie

After many trips to GS driving around trying to find a tourist trap for dinner with a less than 2 hour wait, we decided to go to Louisiana Lagniappe for the sole reason that they let you call ahead and put your name on the list.  Smart, those people.

Before dinner

Dinner was awesome, albeit a bit pricey.  But definitely the best meal we've had in Gulf Shores.

At the LL Bar

Jeff, me, and Mom

Me and Addie

Note that those pictures were all pre-sunburn.

So back to the daily grind again today and back to eating healthier after our weekend splurge.  Jeff headed back to Baton Rouge this morning before dawn like he does every Monday.  Hope everyone has a great week!

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